A Kadir Jasin
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FOR what others are saying about big spending, please read here for one of them.
Oh, by the way, it was predicted at that "depressing" roti canai breakfast that that the BN would lose the next GE if everything remains constant.
I do not consider it depressing. The breakfast pow-wow I mean. Exciting and enlightening, more like it. Our political "soothsayer" has been right on many occasions.
ON last June 27, I published in this blog a posting entitled Malaysian Parliament vs Animal Planet. Can read here.
On Nov 14, judging from media reports, the Dewan Rakyat was transformed from the more respectable Animal Planet into a mere zoo.
It was the climax of yet another uncivilized behaviour of our elected representatives, when the opposition PKR member from Padang Serai, N. Surendran was suspended for six months for allegedly insulting Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia outside the House on Nov 12.
How I wish the government of Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak acts equally swiftly and decisively on the plights of the rakyat, like the plan by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall to hike assessment rates by as much as 200% or the spike in deadly shootings around the country.
It is interesting that the National News Agency, Bernama should use the term “allegedly” to describe the circumstance surrounding the Surendran’s suspension.
Does this mean that the charges against the PKR member were never conclusively proven?
According to Bernama, the suspension motion, which was tabled by Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Nancy Shukri amid protest by members of the opposition, was passed via block voting.
They Deserve No Honour
Or more shocking is the revelation by the Finance Ministry that the federal government had spent RM7.2 billion since 2009 to hire private consultants for national projects.
It is clear that Mohd Najib as PM and Finance Minister loves private consultants despite the government having a whopping 1.4 million staff. This is not counting his special envoys and special advisers with ministerial status.
In response to question by the PKR MP for Kelana Jaya, Wong Chen (corrected), the ministry revealed a gradual rise in the bills for private consultancy firms from RM1.3 billion in 2009 — the year Moh Najib became PM — to RM1.63 billion in 2010, RM1.8 billion in 2011, RM1.82 billion in 2012 and RM722 million from January to October this year.
In a damning indictment of the civil servants, the Finance Ministry said: “The capabilities of government researchers are limited in terms of their competency and human resources.”
If they are not good, sack them or train them. What's the point of having a million over civil servants and paying them better salaries if Mohd Najib has to rely on outsiders and foreigners? Actually we can get free consultancy from such multilateral organisation as the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank if we want to.